The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

March 29, 2013

Peter Paul Lary


DANVILLE — Peter Paul Lary, 63, passed away quietly in his sleep, Wednesday, March 27, at home.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 27 years, Michelle Mycroft Lary; brothers, George F. Lary Jr. and Michael S.; his sister, Barbara Callaghan; and loving nieces and nephews.

Born March 16, 1950, in Vermilion County to the late George Frederick “Fritz” Lary and Barbara Ann Dugas Lary, he was named after his maternal grandfather, World War I veteran Peter Paul Dugas (1896-1966) of Dugas Tire Company, Danville.

Raised in Westville, Pete graduated from Schlarman High School and Sangamon State (University of Illinois, Springfield). In 2002, he retired from Vermilion County Probation, served as a Danville alderman from 1990 to 2002 and was currently president of the Humane Society. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Pete was proud to be listed in Who’s Who for his years of service to the community.

Tall and lean, Pete was an avid fitness enthusiast and bicyclist, gardener, tinkerer and animal lover. Pete was well known in the community and enjoyed an extensive list of good and close friends, too many to name, with whom he shared his love of “politics and a good story” occasionally accompanied by an appreciation for fine wines, good beer and aged whiskeys.

A wake is planned in celebration of Pete’s life from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday evening at the American Legion Post 210 in Danville — “tall” tales, photos, drinks ... singing optional. The rosary will be said at 2:15 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 30, at Pape Funeral Home, with visitation to follow from 3-6 p.m. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will be doing the honor guard at the funeral home. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, April 1, at Holy Family Church, with the Rev. Ted Pracz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Holy Family Church, Danville American Legion, Danville Humane Society “... for Pete’s sake.”

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